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troops on it is side of the militarize zone separating from south korea. as well as nearly 30,000 u.s. forces. not only are they within strikes distance of the launch site, a long-range rocket shows north korea is on its way to developing technology to launch a rocket at the united states's west coast and hawaii. officials tell cnn that the working assumption is that the north koreans got outside help from others, including iran. so today's launch is raising some huge concerns. let's go to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. i assume they are pretty surprised and alarmed by the successful launch over at the pentagon? >> look, wolf, because of everything you just mentioned, indeed, the u.s. military, the intelligence committee have been watching north korea for days now 24/7 because they did expect to launch and they announced it. but they were having technical problems so a lot thought it wouldn't happen until next week. when it happened last week, there was a surprise. the north korean anchor's excitement was clear. >> announcing the launch of a long-range rocket that put a nor
for the organized labor movement in the u.s., passage for this law in michigan would be a body blow to the labor movement in the u.s., wolf. >> certainly would be. thanks very much for that, jessica. >>> the president's due back here in washington just in a little while from michigan. his focus will be back on trying to get a deal with the house speaker john boehner over taxes and spending cuts. our chief political analyst gloria borger is here to take a closer look at the agreements, the disagreements, i guess there's more disagreements than agreements. let's step back and see where these two sides stand, gloria. >> let's step back from the cliff here for a minute, wolf. and you'll see that on tax, which is of course the crux of this matter, there's a huge difference between congressional republicans who want to raise $800 billion over ten years from tax increases. and of course the white house that wants to, you know, basically double that. i mean, the white house says, we need to get more revenue from taxes. if you break apart these tax number, take a look, because of course we know, the big
nation. >> you're better equipped. >> reporter: the commander of u.s.-led international coalition forces that drove saddam hussein out of kuwait in 1991 has died. general herbert norman schwarzkopf was a much decorated combat soldier in vietnam as more popularly known to the public as "stormin' norman". it was a coalition of 30 countries original niced by then president george h.w. bush that succeeded in defeating iraqis. president bush remains hospitalized in houston in methodist hospital he had a statement that reads in part. he is one of the great military leaders of his generation. a distinguished member of the long gray line hailing from west point, general norman schwarzkopf to me epitomized duty, service, country and creed that defended our country's freedom and seen the nation through our most trying international crisis. he was appointed general and appointed commander-in-chief of u.s. central command. he prepared a detailed plan for defense of saudi oil fields against the iraqis. general colin powell released this statement in part, with the passing of general norman schwarzkop
in the assault on the u.s. consulate there. while susan rice was not responsible for security of the consulate, she did go on sunday shows and talk about the u.s. response there and she has been accused of deliberately mischaracterizing what happened. all sides -- or the white house has adamantly insisted and she has insisted that she in no way deliberately mischaracterized what happened. she was reading from unclassified talking points and nonetheless this has been caught up in a back and forth and, wolf, if i may, i'm going to read from part of her statement, her letter to the president and what she wrote in part, i am now convinced that the confirmation process will be lengthy, disruptive, and costly to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. that tradeoff is simply not worth it to our country. the secretary of state may never be politicized. she says, i look forward to building on progress in your second term which seems to leave the door open to the possibility she could serve in the administration in the second term and according to my sources there has been s
, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> u.s. officials tell nbc news that syria's government has ordered the chemical sites to be, quote, prepared. sparking fears that they could be getting ready to mix a deadly nerve gas. so the direct warnings president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton delivered to syria come as that country's ally, russia, signals that the use of chemical weapons is a red line for their own support for syria. joining me now is nbc's chief pentagon correspondent jim jim miklaszewski. a speech that really didn't have anything having to do with what syria, clearly there's intelligence on the ground that has u.s. officials concerned. >> reporter: that's right, chuck. all the latest intelligence indicates that the u.s., nato, and particularly the syrian people are really staring the worst case scenario directly in the face. just about the time rebel forces started to make significant advances in the capital da m damascus, u.s. officials tell nbc news that the assad regime informed its chemical weapons corps to get prepared. and just about that time, u.s
. they said august 5, 2011, standard & poor's lowered its rating for the u.s. citing among other factors the political brinksmanship of recent months that highlights america's governance becoming less stable, less effective, and less predictable. we believe this characterization still holds. do you know this congress, your congress, has done more harm than good? do you feel embarrassed being part of a congress that ranks up there with the do-nothing congresses of all time? >> i think america should be embarrassed by its leadership in washington, d.c. but that extends to the white house, senate, and house of representatives. this has been the most predi predictable disaster coming at us for a number of years, and certainly months. and the fact that we have been unable to do things and instead worried about our next elections instead of the next generation of americans, i think it's sinful and i hope that people turn out those who have been responsible for it. >> congressman, you're a straight shooter, we always appreciate you coming "outfront." >>> next, mixed feelings about gun crot. mos
's a shortened trading session for christmas eve. u.s. equity markets will close at 1:00 p.m. eastern time. bond currency and commodity trading they're going to end early. in japan, indonesia, the philippines, they were all closed in europe. only the uk, french, dutch and spanish stock markets are open and they're going to be closing early. there are now only five trading sessions left in 2012. get your act together. stocks and bonds, solid gains so far this year. the dow has advanced 8% in total. the s&p 500 up almost 14%. the nasdaq has jumped 16%. it's been a good year. the end of the year also means we are just days away from the fiscal cliff, however, and that's the bad news. and looming tax hikes, spending cuts, all of that. both sides warning a very big deal becoming a bit more unlikely. >> and my one bit of advice to speaker boehner is this. you cannot pass a bill with just republicans. on a broad thing like this, you need both. and he has put himself with plan b and sort of an impossible position. he has to get these hard right goes to go along with him. and he and the president were go
of children and families with shattered dreams. why has the russian government banned adoptions by u.s. citizens? >>> and new revelations about ronald reagan's relationships with two of the most powerful women in the world, the queen and margaret thatcher in documents released three decades later. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening, i'm natalie morales in tonight for brian. it is down to the wire now with about 80 hours until the fiscal cliff deadline. and on what is a holiday weekend for many, that is not the case for congressional leaders in washington. there was a sense of urgency today as the president met with house and senate leaders along with the treasury secretary and vice president a short while ago at the white house to try and forge a last-minute deal. the president says he is optimistic, but at this hour, the fiscal cliff still looms. we begin our coverage with nbc's white house correspondent, peter alexander who has been watching the developments all day. peter, good
the markets pull back more to crystallize what this could mean for the u.s. economy to members of congress. we didn't see that. it is a numbers game though in terms of what will happen. we know need 60 votes to clear a fill buster in the senate. seven republicans need to go along a lot of jockeying that needs to be done, even if we have a deal put forth. >> interesting what the market is pricing in. we thought the market wanted a grand deal. clearly, dennis you willing to put up with a band-aid. >> i have been surprised how static it has been, the stock and the bond markets, carl. i think the market, i think, has internalized that idea we are just going to shuffle along for a period, the beginning of january. then for another six to nine months. the bigger question really becomes beyond the equity market in particular, becomes the real functioning economy of this country. we are going to be stuck again. we went through sandy, that was a natural disaster, to think that all this really is man made, still boggles the mind. >> sickening. especially with claims back to 350, decent number this morni
guards. after decades of gains, fewer than 12% of u.s. workers now belong to unions. in michigan, it's fewer than 18%. cnn's poppy harlow is at the state capital in lansing. how did it go? >> reporter: are an historic day in michigan. a state at the heart of organized labor in this country. one person said, if it can happen in michigan, it can happen everywhere and that's why thousands and thousands of protesters descended on the state capital fighting this legislation, which will make it legal in this state for people to work at an auto company or in public schools without being part of the union. it will be illegal for a unions or employers to mandate that employees join the union or pay any money to the union. this brings into question, what is the future of unions in america? today i had a chance to talk to the person at the heart of that debate, bob king. here is his take. does this mean the beginning of sort of a death of unions in this country? are you concerned that this is that big symbolically? >> reporter: n. >> no. i think that workers and working families are tired of lo
your message here on new year's eve. gregg: new controversy in the ongoing debate over u.s. gun rights after a local newspaper decides to public the names and addresses of pistol-permit holders in the area without checking whether there is even a gun in those homes, including mine. david lee miller live in our new york city newsroom. david. >> reporter: all readers have to do is click on a colored dot and you can see who has a permit for a handgun. the headline is the gun owner next door what you don't know about guns in your neighborhood. thousands of people reacted in rage saying their privacy was vie hraetd and personal safety was put at risk. the newspaper says it legally obtained the information after making a freedom of information list just outside new york city. it is waitinger the data from put number county although the map reveals the names and addresses of people who have permits it does not disclose whether or not they have a gun. the paper said specific information about the gun and the type of gun although requested was not released by authorities. a statement by the new
injured after a car bomb tar getted a u.s. base. a minibus exploded at the gate of camp chapman. it was also the target of a suicide bombing that killed seven cia contractors and a jordanian in 2009 when a double agent, loyal to extremists, blew himself up. >>> syria's military police chief has defected. recording a video that aired on arab tv network, announcing he is defecting because the syrian army is no locker acting in the spec interest of the people. the decision follows two brutal attacks on hungry civilians standing in bread lines and comes at a time when rebel forces are said to be making gains over government troops over control of major cities. >>> andruw jones, free on bone this morning after being arrested outside atlanta on christmas on a battery charge. the gwinnett county detention center tells us there was a domestic dispute with his wife. the center fielder won ten straight gold gloves with the braves. played with the new york yankies last year and recently signed with a team in january pan. >>> shinzo abe has been elected prime minister. he held the same posi
. they keep coming to the same conclusion. there is about 6% of u.s. adolescents that are clinically depressed. that's not just sad. it's in a deep state that need help of one type or another. whether it's counseling or drugs or whatever. they need some help. they're relatively easy to identify. and you can do it in a simple screening process. for very little money. we could have every kid when you get your high school physical, you also have to get checked out, or periodically before graduation. because the thing is, most depressives, kids want to -- they want help. and they will tell adults. usually the two adults they will not tell are their mom and their dad. and that's actually part of the screening protocol is that parents can't be in the room, because they will usually tell a teacher or a counselor or a family doctor. they will tell an adult, but they hide it from their parents because they're embarrassed, ashamed, all sorts of different reasons. so the parents are often blind to it because the child is sort of blocking their view. so parents have difficulty. but yeah, we can do so much
people in the u.s. and caused billions of dollars of damage. unless you live in one of the affected areas you probably think things are back to norm. but that's because the media is barely cleaning up the cleanup efforts. in new york city, they're living in third world conditions, raw sewage continues to flow into water ways. thousands still have no power and direct subway service is not expected to return into the middle of next year. >> we were up to five feet of water. it was not water but it was all cesspool so it was sewage water. >> how much can a body tank. >> blankets, two socks three sweaters and gloves. >> they have got garbage they're cleaning in other areas and putting it on the beach here, yet we have still have garbage here. >> it's the way life is. >> jennifer: thousands of volunteers have flocked to the rockaways to help with the cleanup efforts tonight coming from new york, dr. sabaya, welcome to the war room. >> i'm having difficulty hearing you. >> jennifer: i can hear you, just a little bit faint. >> a little bit faint. hopefully they can turn up your microphone becaus
business correspondent for "u.s. news & world report." i want to ask you about the tax increase if there is no deal and tax rates rise, when would workers begin to see that reflekr reflected in their paychecks? when does the pain start? >> this is not one tax hike. this is about nine different sets of taxes. and the one that would go up right away is the payroll tax. that was cut temporarily in 2 009, cut by two percentage points and will go back up by two percentage points and that would come out of workers' paychecks right off the bat. it would add up to something like $60, $70 a month for the typical worker. we hear about all the tax rates that are going up, that actually wouldn't involve money that is in people's pockets until they actually pay their taxes or do their tax returns the following year. because that's when they would have to calculate the amount they owe and whether they paid enough taxes in 2013. so the good and bad news about that is that is not going to affect people right away, but that also means they can put that one off for a long time and we could go --
in the u.s. hsbc is accused of transferring billions of dollars for nations like iran doing business with firms linked to terrorism and enabling mexican drug cartels to move money illegally through u.s. subsidiaries. the settlement represents the largest pen the ever paid by a bank. >>> now pot is officially legal in colorado. people 21 and older may have up to 1 ounce of weed, smoke it, not in public and grow a small amount at home as well. the governor has created a task force to help implement the law. here's the problem. it's complicated. the federal government still says marijuana is illegal. >> rocky mountain high. i'll be the billionth person to say that. >>> countdown to double secret lift jop. the space plane is cleared to lift off at 1:05 p.m. eastern time from cape canaveral. this is an unmanned reusable mini verlgs of the space shuttle. it lifts off vertically and lands on auto pilot on a runway. no one knows what it's carrying. the cost to develop it, that is also classified. >> we're calling it a spooky space launch. >> it's about a forth of the size of the space shuttl
exchange. the u.s. marine corps providing toys for less fortunate children for the holiday season. another good cause there. stocks opening up for the first day after the christmas holiday. most major stock markets around the world were closed for christmas, and for the day after christm christmas. china, five-month high on the notion that the urbanization plan will gain spurs in the housing stocks there. japan, abe confirmed as prime minister there. the seventh prime minister in the past six years. we did see the yen hit a 20-month low against the u.s. dollar. notable lows against the euro as well. the topics in the nikkai the lowest in nine months. >> going back to his old job, that he had back in 2007. strange in and of itself. i wonder how long it will take for people to start talking about netflix after the outage going into christmas eve on social media. they were calling it no flix. and to blame amazon web services, which is one of their huge growth engines. a unit of the company they say is probably a tenth of its eventual size. >> one of the highest growth parts of amazon right no
legislation he's sponsoring which will allow more highly skilled immigrants the u.s. that's live at 7:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. >> i think riders institute is something that's important within the culture. we are a culture of words of voices. words are key to our imagination, our capacity to envision things. we ourselves are not completely tied to print on the page of writing but i think that there is no other art form so readily accessible other than perhaps film. but there is something in literature that cap chures the hunal spirit. >> this weekend join book tv as we look tpwhind scenes at the literary life of new york's capital city albany. >> senators from new york and new jersey say hurricane sandy caused $5 billion worth of damage to rail subway and port infrastructure in their state. they testified on surface transportation yesterday. >> i call this hearing to order. thank you for joining us, mr. secretary. i asked you to testify today because i'm deeply concerned about the recent report that the f.h.a. could potentially need taxpayer support for the first time in its 78-year histo
as a joint u.s. afghan special team went in to save the life of dr. dilip joseph, an american doctor who was kidnapped two days before with two members of his afghan staff. the staff was released earlier when a small ransom was made but the taliban was asking for $100,000 for dr. joseph's release. general john allen felt that his life was in imminent danger and then called for the rescue mission as special operations team lured the taliban in, saying they would pay the ransom. the taliban came. instead, they were met by this team who killed at least six taliban insurgents. unfortunately, this u.s. navy s.e.a.l. also lost his life. his identity has not yet been released but he is being labeled a hero by the top brass in washington, including secretary of defense leon panetta and president barack obama who in a statement said he gave his life for his fellow americans and he and his teammates remind us once more of the selfless service that allows our nation to stay strong, safe and free. the american navy s.e.a.l. sacrifice has not been lost on dr. joseph's family who, in a statement relea
' norman, schwartzcopf commanded the u.s. led international coalition that drove saddam hussein's forces out of kuwait in 19ed 1. president obama was among those praising schwartzcopf's long career as a military leader, saying in part he was a true american original who stood tall for the country and the army that he loved. norman schwartzcopf died in tampa. he was 78 years old. >>> now to former president george h.w. bush's medical condition. the chief of staff says mr. bush will likely be in the hospital for a while. the 41st president is recovering from a terrible case of bronchitis with a series of complications. he's been in intensive care since sunday, but experts say that's not a bad sign. >> it just means monitoring that needs to be more aggressive. perhaps more nursing care. >> the former president's chief of staff added that mr. bush is getting excellent medical treatment in houston and he would ask that people "put the harps back in the closet." >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is planning to return to work next week. mrs. clinton has not been seen in public in about two
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member of the u.s. senate. keep in mind fox news has learned now on his death bed senator inouye had requested that a different lawmaker, a hawaii congresswoman take his place. he named his replacer. senator inouye died in washington, d.c. after suffering from breathing problems. as you know we reported here on fox news he represented hawaii since it became a state back in 1959. he also won the middle of honor during world war ii. and that's when a grenade blast blew off most of his right arm. president obama attending a memorial service for the late senator in honolulu over the weekend. the first numbers from the holiday shopping season are in. and they are not good. the worse since 2008, in fact, a master card spending pulse report. finding holiday retail sales rose by less than 1% from last june. that's barely moving. most analysts had predicted a 3% to 4% increase. even online sales which had been growing slowed down dramatically. experts blamed several factors including worries fiscal cliff. the bad weather definitely played a role as well. especially super storm sandy, whatever
criticism before republicans for an official explanation for the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. >>> a new study in the medical journey suggests that obesity is killing three times as many people around the world as malnutrition. in missouri one high school looked at the problem of overweight kids and is doing something about it. seth doan reports. >> hi, brandy, how are you? >> reporter: spend a minute in the nurse's office at truman high school in independence, missouri, and you'll immediately notice something troubling. what problems are you seeing? >> we see type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, people with joint pains, arthritis, stress, anxiety, depression from being above a healthy weight. >> reporter: the school nurse told us that 40% of students at truman high were overweight or obese. two years ago she was part of a districtwide program to test students' body fat. >> it's very concerning to see that they're dealing with adult illnesses at such a young age, and you just worry about where they're going to be in the future. >> we have a major issue with kids because of wh
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be an effective u.s. ambassador. now, a lot's changed since then, and hagel has since apologized, though that has also come under attack for his somewhat controversial beliefs on israel, iraq, and iran. are these attacks justified, or is he just the latest political target in an ugly game of gotcha politics. "outfront" tonight, our all-star panel. ryan, let me start with you. let's look at chuck hagel's credentials. a vietnam war veteran, two purple hearts, a former member of the senate foreign relations committee. that's more military experience than most secretaries of defense. hagel himself has argued that that position should be filled with someone who's been a grunt, on the ground, and knows those concerns. how can you argue that he's not qualified for the job? >> there are a lot of folks who are saying that he doesn't have the military experience. if you look at ashton carter, they have been in the defense department, they're solid, reliable democrats, they know it in and out, and might be better choices for the government. but there are a lot of conservatives who are attacking hagel on pol
as if the u.s. government would not pay interest on its debts. have -- you know perfectly well will is about a million things. i have been in the country where they ran out of borrowing capacity and managed important several years to survive without that borrowing capacity. there's a million things you can do before. you don't pay your debt on the u.s. treasuries before you stop paying social security, before you do lots of other things. is he purposefully trying to elevate this to a situation that frightens people? >> in many ways -- this is like the mayan calendar. they said the world would end december 21. we are all still here. the fiscal cliff negotiations and the debts limit thing are not the end of the world and we will figure it out. the most important thing to keep in mind is long term. we want to have a healthy fiscal situation. we have to have a healthy economy. we have to address growth. here's something else that is -- totally missing from this conversation. >> jimmy? >> understand that the executive branch is required under federal law to notify the legislative branch that, fac
. >> 6:22 eastern. quick headlines overnight. president obama sending 50 u.s. troops into africa and tasked with helping evacuate u.s. citizens from the advancement to the capital. the senate faces an uphill battle in the republican-controlled house and pushing to cut the bill down to 24 billion. they say it's loaded with unnecessary amendments, guys. >> juliet: thanks, dave. >> clayton: well, as we get ready to cash out of 2013, the biggest celebrity meltdowns. >> juliet: and joining us is a behavior expert. >> good morning, juliet. >> juliet: let's start with this one. she was on the the show and lovely, but i don't know what's happened to her. she kind of just, i don't know. >> clayton: what's happened to her, patrick? >> well, she-- i'm not attracted to alcohol and pub scenes, but arrested for dui, arrested for leaving the scene of two separate accidents and what does she do? in an act of narcissism and entitlement she tweets that the united states president should fire the arresting officer as if she's saying to the u.s. president, you're my daddy, rescue me. >> juliet: in a
, are you ready? breaking news. the further north you live in the u.s., the better chance you have to have a white christmas. >> seriously? >> yep. >> oh, my dear lord. >> paula, rob, just check the map. the areas that are in white, which shockingly enough are in the north, have a better chance of having an inch of snow on christmas than the areas in blue, which, obviously, are in the south. >> we need to pass this information on to our meteorologists. >> write it down. >> i'm shocked. >> we've got to do a special report. this is insane. so jack, clear this up for us. let folks know what's going on. >> let's be clear about this. >> that means maine and michigan -- >> folks in the north. >> yes. snow on christmas. key west, oh, no, put away your big coats and thermal drawers. no snow for you this year. >> grab another mai thai and get the cocoa butter ready and enjoy your christmas. that's it. >> shocked and stunned. >> breaking news. streaming in as we're on the air. i've got to go. >> this was a legit story. how much we spent on that study? that was a legitimate study. >> i'm glad we stud
's been a gang buster year for the markets. unfortunately, the average u.s. investor out there has largely been on the sidelines. money in bonds, money into money market funds continuing to flow in the month of november. unfortunately, even as we do see a very, very good year for the stock market, not many investors are really taking part in this. >> i think we saw finally an outflow for bond funds in well over a year last week. that has been a rarity. we've warned many of our viewers, be careful of the duration risk. we're going into another year where many people are at least saying, okay, is the rally over? the 30-year rally in bonds, is it over? if it is, what is it going to mean? we've had people saying that the last three years. everybody's best trade was to short the long bond. it ended up being one of the worst trades you could make the last couple of years. >> in terms of being careful, speaking of being careful, today will be light volume, shortened session, but light volume. who knows what that could lead to. if you wanted bury bad news, christmas eve is the perfect day to do it
, family dreams frozen. >> thanks to a chilly relationship between the u.s. and russia, the future of a lot of children is hanging in the balance. so details on that, straight ahead. >>> "world news ♪ ♪ >>> welcome back, everyone. and welcome is what dozens of american families may not get the chance to do when it comes to children they're hoping to adopt from russia. >> russian president vladamir putin will sign a bill blocking americans from adopting russian children. >> reporter: when russia bans adoptions to the united states, this is who gets caught in the middle. an american mother and a 5 1/2-year-old orphan with spina bifida named paulina. a little girl who is already learning to count in english and tells her mommy she loves her. >> i love you, too. >> reporter: kendra skaggs and her husband last saw paulina a few days ago on a visit to her orphanage in moscow. now, with the love only a mother can feel, she worries what will happen to her daughter. >> i can't help her. i can't tell her i love her. so it's really hard. >> reporter: americans have adopted over 60,000 russian chil
chemical weapons on its own people. what can the u.s. government do to avoid a catastrophe? >>> dire warning. 26 days left until the deadline and a top official says the president is willing to go off the fiscal cliff if necessary. and some republicans signal they may be ready to give in on a key sticking point. >>> and heading home, a smiling duchess of cambridge and prince william leave the hospital this morning, four days after she checked in with extreme morning sickness. we're live in london today, thursday, december 6th, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah gurthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a thursday morning, i'm savannah gurthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. nice images to see out of london over the past couple of days. we've been watching duchess of cambridge. she seemed a little shaky as she held the railing. we're going to have more on that story and, of course, the ridiculous prank played out by the deejays later on. >> good job, prince william with the flowers. >>> a story
leading man, new husband ned rocknroll. that's his last name. the private ceremony right here in the u.s., held in upstate new york. >>> and two words for our quote tonight, and it comes from that 1965 song, "rescue me." ♪ come on baby and rescue me >> tonight, we are remembering the soul singer whose name you might not remember, but she was the writer and the first singer to make that song a huge hit. fontella bass has died at 72. aretha franklin, of course, giving the song new life much later. the "instant index" here on a thursday night. >>> and when we come back here on the broadcast, check this out. this kicker, watch. he lands the football right there in the basket. then he lands it right in a moving boat. perhaps he should get in the boat and come to america. he's being invited by one nfl team tonight. [ male announcer ] when it comes to the financial obstacles military families face, we understand. at usaa, we know military life is different. we've been there. that's why every bit of financial advice we offer is geared specifically to current and former military members and the
maker based in the u.s. the company received $133 million in federal stimulus grngrnt grants before going under. republicans called the case a textbook example of wasted stimulus money. >>> "usa today," controversy surrounding the korean pop sensation psy. he performed last night at the christmas in washington concert with the president and his family in attendance. he has that dance, you know? >> you know, everybody, like, sends me videos of them doing this. i have no idea what it is. >> "gangnam style." >> is that how you say it? >> yeah. >> oh, you know what? i prefer to be out of it on this one. >> so this was just days after video surfaced of him using inflammatory anti-american language and leading anti-u.s. protests at a concert in 2004 amid the heat of the iraq war. the song, which is a cover called for killing, quote, yankees. on friday psy issued an apology saying he understands american servicemen's sacrifices and regrets using the inflammatory language. >> it was really harsh language that he used, but you know what? a lot of people said a lot of stupid things again. i w
and saudi arabia and other countries. >> eric: muslim brotherhood believes sharia law above u.s. >> they use law of. a this attacked me of a fear mong yer then they instituted sharia law. >> eric: terrorist attack on the u.s. soil. >> home grown terrorist attack will get worse because we have not discredited the islamist idea ooling that fuel its. as numbers grow, it is harder to keep track and in benghazi, the system fails. >> eric: ryan mauro. moral of the story see something, say something. thank you very much. it is called the medical miracle and helping paralyzed people walk again. dr. martin seigel is here with the brand new break through technology . the supreme court striking down a request from a christian business on the heels of the same justice ruling in favor of muslim inmates. is there a double standard over the fight with the faith? ♪ ♪ you have a plan? first we're gonna check our bags for free, thanks to our explorer card. then, the united club. my motr was so wrong about you. next, we get priory boarding on our flight i booked with miles. all because of the card. and me.
of pennsylvania. his research includes the u.s. economy, tax policy, and the stock market. he is previously a senior economist at the board of governors at the federal reserve system. he went to that graduate school of business at columbia university. he has worked for both the george w. bush and clinton administrations. both of you went to the same university. i'm sure you can agree on everything today. dr. zandi first. >> thank you for the opportunity. it is an honor to be here with kevin, a good friend of mine. let me say that these are my own personal views. lawmakers have to resolve three issues -- first, the fiscal cliff. second, raising the treasury debt ceiling, which as you know is becoming an issue rarely soon. third, achieving long-term fiscal sustainability. that is deficit reduction and tax increases and spending cuts that allow the gdp ratio to stabilize by the end of the decade. these three things need to be done now. in terms of the fiscal cliff, if policy is unchanged and we go over the cliff and there is still no change after that, the gdp in 2013 will 3.5 percentage point
the u.s. army is getting rid of soldiers, dismissing them because they don't meet fitness standards. obesity is a rising concern in the armed forces, has even been cited by military officials as a national security concern. between 1998 and 2010, the number of active duty military personnel characterized as overweight or obese has more than tripled and now the leading cause of ineligibility for people who want to join the army, according to military officials. want to know what the healthiest states are? >> i want to know how to live longer. the u.s. today says sitting on the set of a show is not the way. >> sitting too much or in snow too much. unless you live in vermont, massachusetts, connecticut or utah. >> unhealthiest, alabama. >> will die. >> south korea, west virginia, arkansas, louisiana, mississippi. >> what all those states have in common. north carolina. i see no trend. h i was in the land of -- let's do the news. >> i just was, actually. >> two sides of the story. >> okay. fine, thank you, rattner, thank you, willie. >> look at this! >> neighbor american cities. >> look
serving senator in u.s. history, democrat senator inouye died from respiratory complications. president obama praised him calling inoue a true american hero. his staff says his final word was aloha. he was 88 years old. a great, as the president said, great american hero. the charleston post, south carolina governor, nikki haley, selects republican tim scott to replace out-going jim demint. the tea party will be switching and will become the first african-american senator ever from south carolina. >> "boston globe," taking new steps to speed up your check-in this holiday season. the elderly members of the military and other travelers deemed low risk will now be able to keep their shoes, jackets and belts on. the tsa has also expanded its pre-check trusted traveler program to 35 airports. >> those trusted travelers, t.j. >> and a look with "politico" playbook, jim vandyheim. >> there was some movement on the fiscal cliff talks. >> yes. i would say substantial movement where you can see the contours of a deal that can get done potentially pretty quick where the president is willing to say
rate in china, and in a few years it will surpass the u.s. what it means, coming up. >>> dozens of homes damaged in the south, ripping off roofs and damaging trees. more to come. stamp watch, straight ahead. >>> lots to talk about this morning. the next two hours, we'll talk with steve israel. jeff sessions, sandy levin, rahm emanuel and businessman javier paolomarez, ed burns, frankie monday easy, and chuck leavell. "starting point" begins right now. welcome, everybody. "starting point" this morning, angry, united. bracing for protests in michigan as the state is poised to become the most unionized right to work state. as many as 10,000 unionized workers expected at the state capitol to voice their disapproval of the measure. some of them teachers, two detroit area school districts shut down for the day as hundreds of teachers plan to join the protest. president obama brought it up during a trip to a daimler truck factory in redford, michigan. this is what he said. >> this so-called right to work law, they don't have to do with economics, everything to do with politics. what th
approval for a ban on such adoptions, seen as payback for a recently signed u.s. law imposing travel and financial restrictions on human rights abusers in russia. >>> there are six days left until the u.s. crosses over the so-called fiscal cliff. in case washington doesn't make a deal we're doing our best to get you ready. every day we're taking a look at how the fiscal cliff if we go off the fiscal cliff how that will affect you from the increase in your tax bill to planning for your retirement. today we'll focus on your portfolio. ryan mack joins me via skype from detroit. >> good morning to you, how are you doing today? >> i'm good. you've got some advice for people to manage their portfolios, let's start with the first step you need to review your asset classes. >> there's a study in the '80s simply says over 95% of your portfolio return will determine exactly how you choose the mixture of stocks and other investments you have in your portfolio. with the assistance of a qualified adviser making sure you have the right mixture of stocks can be ever so crucial especially during the
this year, when the state of florida sued the u.s. government for court determination of the preclearance under the voting rights act of 1965, preclearance of five counties, for discrimination, and further, sued the u.s. government by questioning the constitutionality of the 1965 voting rights act. in the discovery for that case, the testimony was taken of this former general counsel of the florida republican party. and what i would like you to know is this key individual who, with your permission, with the committee's permission i'd like to insert those documents in the record -- that his testimony, given in april, mr. mitchell said, and it's in the sworn testimony, that he was asked to draft the original version of the legislation that became the law. he was asked to drafted by republican party leaders, specifically after consultations with andy palmer, then the executive director of the florida gop, frank, head of the gop state house campaigns, and joel springer, head of the state senate, republican campaigns. and in early talks with executive director of the florida gop. and with this
. >>> joining us, from u.s. news and world report, ken walsh. who is going to come to the rescue, anybody? >> looks like there's a road block at every critical juncture point here. it looks like now the ball's in the senate's court, to mix met force. the house failed to get to a vote with speaker boehner's plan. it looks like the best they can do, really, is some kind of a partial agreement that -- with some of the fiscal cliff provisions are going to take effect on january 1st. this is what everybody was hoping would not happen but it looks imminent. >> let's just say your scenario's right and the temporary fix comes from the senate and harry reid but it has to go back to the house. then what? >> the other part is the senate. the 60 vote rule of the filibuster. they have to clear that 60-vote point if somebody blocks this in the senate. then it goes back to the house. there's a lot of questions about whether spiker boehner can control his republican caucus. he could not get the votes a week ago and we don't know if we could this time. what might happen is the tax provisions -- the taxes
. discretionary turns out to be the easier nut to crack because that money doesn't go out the door unless this u.s. house of representatives acts. that distinguishes it, mr. speaker, from mandatory spending. that's the third set of columns on my chart. mandatory spending, as i said, 2/3 of our budget, 68.3% to be precise, and of all the sequestration cuts, 63.8% of the budget is only going to bear 14.4% of the pain. the back story there, mr. speaker, is that's the only 14.4% of the pain. as i said discretionary spending has been on the chopping block in 2011, 2012, and now again in 2013. but mandatory spending we haven't had a single agreement about, and i don't hear the white house talking about it, either. the white house put together a group it was called the simpson-bowles commission. it was named afterers kin bowles, a former clinton chief of staff, and alan simpson, former republican senator. and they came together and what the president called his deficit reduction commission to give the president and -- an idea what we could do to get our fiscal house in order. i want to show in you this c
, lack of a better term, triball rivalries or the u.s. cooperation creates resentment among another group. they want to develop their neighbors, but not lackees of the americans. there's insight into the impact hispanic candidate -- impact that history's had. they are used to conquerors coming and going so they create a relationship in how they hedge their bets. apart from the human tragedies, your heart breaks reading about someone who had a baby, spoke to his wife before he went on the mission, and then died in a helicopter crash. your heart breaks on the human realm reminding you of the cost. it reminds you the low gist tick -- logistical challenges. >> did it make you regret our approach in afghanistan? >> no. i think it reminds us of the challenges of it. at the end of theday, afghanistan is important and important for multiple reasons. we don't want a safe haven in afghanistan for people to come back and reconstitute the safe taifn. to have an unstable afghanistan where radical islamists are organized is a danger to pakistan and its nuclear capabilities. they are concerned about tha
of breaking news overnight. including, you know, as the crisis in syria escalates, the u.s. is spending patriot missiles and troops to the syrian border with turkey. right now, martha raddatz will be here with more on that. >>> and barbara walters, bringing us her exclusive with the president and first lady. they rarely appear together for an interview. but they did for barbara. we'll hear their message, special message for robin. >>> let's get right to josh elliott for the pair of powerful earthquakes off the coast of california. >>> a powerful earthquaking rattling buildings and nerves in southern california. 6.3 magnitude off the coast. >> we're here in pasadena where they're watching this activity very closely. this was a pretty big shaker. 6.3 in magnitude. it occurred in the pacific ocean. lot of folks here in southern california felt it, though, it was a pretty good jolt. fortunately no reports of damage or injuries so far. back to you, josh. >> john, thank you. >>> people shaken by the quake twe tweeted it on twitter. >>> also this morning, new pressure on congress to approve a
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